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Butler Ballet Summer Intensive

Butler Dance Summer intensive 2021

Join Butler dance faculty, under the artistic direction of Marek Cholewa, for our pre-professional summer dance intensive on the beautiful campus of Butler University. The 4-week intensive will have a classical ballet focus with additional classes in character, modern, jazz, and repertoire. It will conclude with a final performance in the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts on the last day of the Intensive. Please note: students must turn age 13 by the first day of the Intensive in order to be eligible to participate.

COVID-19 Update

  • Due to the ever-evolving nature of the pandemic, all information is subject to change. 
  • Participants agree to abide by all public health guidelines that may be in effect during summer 2021, including directives by local/state government, Butler University, CDC and American Camp Association.
  • It is unknown at this time what protocols (including testing) will be required for summer 2021 participation. 
  • It is unknown at this time if we will be able to move forward with residential participation. 
  • We are currently offering three options for Intensive participation: Residential, Commuter, Online. 
  • While there are many unknowns in this ever-changing landscape, we are confident that we can provide a safe and educational experience for our participants. 

Important Dates

  • March 1: Application deadline.
  • July 5–31: Summer Intensive dates

Apply here!

Who Is Eligible?

Pre-professional level students between the ages of 13 and 18 are eligible to participate. Students must be 13 years old by July 5. 

Application Process

All students are encouraged to apply early as space is limited. The deadline to apply and submit the $50 application fee is March 1.

  • A completed application is required which includes a full-length photo of the student en pointe in first arabesque (females) or in first arabesque (males) and a headshot.
  • Applications and photos will be reviewed for acceptance by our dance faculty. Admission decisions will be communicated within 3 weeks of submitting your application.
  • Occasionally, video auditions may be requested in addition to a completed application form. This request will arrive via email after submitting the application form. Video auditions should consist of one classical variation (ladies en pointe). 
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Residential: $4,400 (includes room and board, 3 meals a day)

Commuter: $3,400 (includes daily lunch)

Online: $350 per week

*A $50 non-refundable application fee is required at the time of applying

Payments can be made online by selecting "Make a Payment" on the BCAS homepage

Need-based scholarships are available for ages 18 and under. You may apply for scholarship on the registration form or complete the separate Scholarship Application Form

Refund/Withdrawal Policy

In the event that a student accepted into the Intensive is no longer able to attend the Intensive, notification of withdrawal from the program should be submitted in writing to For students withdrawing prior to April 1, all tuition fees will be refunded (excluding the $50 non-refundable application fee). There will be no refunds issued after April 1; exception in the case of the Intensive being cancelled due to COVID-19.

EXCEPTION: In the case of injury that prevents participation in the Intensive, a half-tuition credit will be provided for participation in the Intensive the following year (half-tuition as residential or commuter is determined based on which option was selected with the application). Documentation from a physician is required. All credit requests must be submitted via email to No refunds or credits will be given after the start of the Intensive.


Note: It is unknown at this time if we are able to move forward with the residential option. Because of this, we ask that applicants selecting the residential option only pay $3,400 (equivalent to commuter tuition) prior to the April 1 payment deadline. The remaining $1,000 will be billed once the residential option can be confirmed. You may choose to pay an additional fee ($925) for a private room.

If we are unable to move forward with the residential option, then you may choose to 1.) switch to commuter status (and make your own housing arrangements if needed), 2.) switch to online status and receive refund of difference, or 3.) withdraw entirely and receive a full tuition refund. 

Housing is provided in Butler University's Irvington House dorm, which is air-conditioned. The Intensive will have its own floor/wing. Using a ratio of 1:10, there will be Butler Ballet majors serving as residential counselors. There will also be a "dorm parent" in residence 24/7, as well as the year-round dorm staff. 

All dorm rules will be provided to students prior to the Intensive, but the two most important rules are:

  • No one leaves the building after 9:00 PM
  • All students must be in their assigned suite (2 bedrooms with bath) by 11:00 PM (or earlier) and may not leave until breakfast.

Detailed housing information, what to bring and where to report, etc. will be included with the Intensive information packet provided to all participants in early summer.

Class Size & Placement

Class size is expected to range from 12–18 students per class in order to provide proper personal attention to each individual student as well as providing extensive room for technical and artistic growth.

Students will participate in a placement class on the first day of the Intensive. Faculty will assess and place students into appropriates levels for ballet technique, pointe, modern, jazz, and repertoire.


  • Ballet technique and Pointe will follow the Russian Ballet Academy system (Vaganova system) and students will be learning classical repertoire based on the Mariinsky Theatre tradition.
  • Modern will be based on Martha Graham and Paul Taylor techniques.
  • Jazz will be based on Simonson Jazz Technique, a contemporary/modern based jazz class that focuses on alignment and articulation within a challenging and diverse movement vocabulary.

If you have any further questions regarding the Intensive curriculum, please contact artistic director, Marek Cholewa.

Dress Code

  • Ballet class: Leotard and skirt (dark solid colors) with pink tights. For ballet class you are welcome to use unitards.
  • Character class: Character skirt (length to the knee level) and character shoes.
  • Pointe and Repertoire classes will require pointe shoes, please bring a minimum of 3 pairs.
  • Modern class: Dress code similar to ballet technique classes with footless tights.
  • Jazz class: Leotard (any color), tights or fitted jazz pants, bare feet. No baggy t-shirts, or loose fitting clothing.
  • Performance of classical repertoire: black camisole leotard with the opening on the back at the shoulder blades level.
  • Performance of the jazz piece: colored leotard and black footless tights.
  • For all technique classes and rehearsals, hair must be secured out of the face.

Summer Intensive Schedule

Please note that this schedule is based on the previous Summer Intensives.  Dates and schedule are subject to change.

Monday, July 5
  • 12:00 PM: Dorm check-in; Lunch on own
  • 2:00 PM: All report to Lilly Hall; Commuters check-in at Lilly Hall
  • 2:30 PM–5:30 PM: Placement classes and campus tour
  • 5:30 PM: Dinner 
Monday–Saturday, 9:00 AM–5:30 PM
  • All participants follow daily schedule of classes. Commuters arrive by 8:45 AM. Classes begin promptly at 9:00 AM.
Saturday, July 31
  • 11:00 AM: Performance (approximately 90 minute run-time) at Schrott Center for the Arts
  • 12:30 PM: Dorm check-out/departure

Typical Daily Schedule

*Subject to change, based on the 2020 schedule

Monday through Saturday (Based on 2020 schedule)
  • 8:45 AM: Commuters arrive
  • 9:00–10:20 AM: Ballet
  • 10:30–11:40 AM: Pointe
  • 11:40 AM–12:30 PM: Lunch
  • 12:45–1:45 PM: Variations/Character
  • 2:00–3:00 PM: Ballet Repertoire
  • 3:15–4:15 PM: Modern
  • 4:30–5:30 PM: Jazz
  • 5:30 PM: Commuter students dismissed
  • 5:45–6:45 PM: Dinner (residential only)
  • 7:30–9:00 PM: additional coaching of the repertoire (if needed)
Sundays (residential participants only)
  • Supervised activities in the Indianapolis area

Final Performance

There will be a free, public performance on the last day of the Intensive in the Howard L. Schrott Center for the Arts, start time TBA. Performance duration will be approximately one hour. No tickets required.

Participating Faculty

Benefits of Attending a College Program's Summer Intensive

Is attending a college dance program's Intensive  is right for you?  Take a look at this article from Dance Magazine's January 2021 edition to learn about the potential benefits.  Our very own, Marek Cholewa is featured!

Please contact or 317-940-5500 with any questions regarding registration, housing, etc. For questions regarding Intensive curriculum, please contact artistic director, Marek Cholewa at OR 317-940-9664.


*Please note that all information detailed here is subject to change. Any changes will be communicated to accepted students as soon as possible.


Take a look inside the Summer Intensive!